The Mysterious “Curse of the Pharaohs”


The story of the curse of the Pharaoh began when Lord Carnarvon discovered (for the first time) and opened Tutankamun’s burial chamber. Shortly afterward, he was bitten by a mosquito and the bite caused an infection. A month later, he contracted pneumonia and died.

Lord Carnarvon's death triggered a spate of stories about the curse killing him. The world believed that when Lord Carnarvon and his partner opened Tutankhamun’s tomb, they awakened an ancient curse.

When Lord Carnarvon died, the lights in Cairo flashed on and off. Lord Carnarvon’s favorite dog died at the same time; this is important because it indicates that something might have made them die at the same time. It is rumored that the mosquito bite on Lord Carnarvon’s cheek was even at the exact same place as a scar that Tutankhamun also had on his face.

The list of deaths linked to the Pharaoh’s curse is a long one. In addition to Lord Carnavon's death, his own younger brother, Aubrey Herbert, died suddenly in September 1923. A. C. Mace, an Egyptologist, died before his work of clearing the tomb was finished. Additionally, Jean Francois Champollion, the man who first deciphered hieroglyphics, died before the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb was thought to be related to the curse.

Anybody who wants to travel to Egypt and visit Tutankhamun's tomb should think twice about tampering with Tutankhamun’s tomb in case the Pharaoh’s curse is still waiting for its next victim.

[Source: Ancient Egypt]

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